Nikon’s D40; “Mini” D-SLR At An Affordable Price Page 2
In all, the D40 is not a prime camera or even a second back-up body for an
avid amateur. But Nikon, in the D40's design and marketing, makes it clear
that this is not the aim or intent of this camera; their D80 is clearly the
choice for that role. The D40 is Nikon's family D-SLR, the one that the
company hopes will bring many more people into their D-SLR tent. As a step-up
camera, and one that allows users to explore more creative aspects of photography,
it does admirably.
It could be argued that the D40 might just sound the death knell for quite a few non-D-SLRs. It allows for lens interchangeability, offers plenty of auto and user-controlled image effect options, and completely eliminates what is probably killing more digicam sales than anything else these days--that dreadful shutter lag. At $599, it's still not the equivalent of the "student" camera (the Pentax K1000 SLR of film days) we await in a digital SLR, but it sure is getting close. And while it sports a 6-megapixel sensor (many digicams surpass that with ease at equivalent prices) those using this class of camera who haven't been brainwashed by the megapixel wars will find its image quality and print size potential does the trick.
Our tests with the Nikon D40 were conducted using the 4GB ATP ProMax SDHC (Class 6) card. This new format has allowed SD cards to compete in capacity with the FAT 32 CompactFlash cards, and the new Class Speed ratings are intended to reveal the potential download speed, given the download devices are capable of the speed capability of the card. (Class 6 is rated as a minimum of 6MB per second transfer rate.) The ATP card performed flawlessly and made downloading images, even directly from the camera--usually the slowest method--speedy and efficient.
Note that SDHC cards are not backward compatible for use in non-SDHC devices. The Nikon D40 is of course SDHC compatible; all SD card compatible cameras from this point forward should be able to take the higher-capacity cards, but always be sure to check before you load one into a camera or other device. Note that standard SD cards are useable in the D40 and other new SDHC compatible devices.
For more information, contact Nikon Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747; (800) 526-4566, (631) 547-4200; www.nikonusa.com.
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